Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has suffered a setback after his team’s qualification for the Champions League semi-finals, which he attributes to the magic of the stadium, Madrid’s entrants and Chelsea’s slump.
Carlo Ancelotti loves to suffer and was served on Tuesday evenings. Winning 1–3 in the first leg, his team was abused, eliminated for a time, then qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League before being stripped of the extension at home against Chelsea in the quarter-finals 2–3. Ended up losing by 3. The Italian coach looks at many factors there.
“Why did we qualify? Because we had more energy than him at the end to survive, explains the former PSG technician. Changes, I did them for only that purpose: put in more energy. The team suffered a lot, but everyone did Opposed Rodrigo and (Eduardo) Camavinga, it was okay to add energy. Chelsea’s physical weakness was too much under their pressure, and it gave us the advantage in overtime.”
“The more we suffer, the happier I am”
He also believes that the scenario of the match was a bit brutal for his team. “We didn’t deserve 2-0, he believes. It’s true that we weren’t hungry enough for a goal in the beginning, but our outing was great. After 2-0, the team have suffered a psychological fall. But the magic of Santiago-Bernabéu helps the players. It’s inexplicable. It inspires you to never surrender. I’m so happy to make it to the semi-finals with this group. Suffer a lot, of course. But the more one suffers, the happier I am.”
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They will next face the winner of the Atletico-Manchester City match. But he surprised everyone by thinking of Bayern Munich’s scorer Villarreal. “I want to congratulate Villarreal and Unai, as they created a sensation, he concluded. I believe that some people thought that Spanish football was going to send two teams to the semi-finals of C1 at the start of the season. And maybe the third one will come tomorrow (this Wednesday).”